Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Public Health Lactation Services
Who we are
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) has specialized skills in breastfeeding management and care. The letters IBCLC after a name means the person has completed the 3 to 5 year training program and exam showing they have demonstrated knowledge to:
- work together with mothers to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems
- collaborate with other members of the health care team to provide comprehensive care that protects, promotes and supports breastfeeding
- encourage a social environment that supports breastfeeding families
What we do
- Advocate for breastfeeding women, infants, children, families and communities
- Support mothers, infants, children, families, and communities to meet their breastfeeding needs and goals
- Counsel mothers and families on initiation, exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding
- Assist mothers through any difficulties or high risk situations
- Promote breastfeeding
- Educate by sharing current, evidence-based information in breastfeeding
- Empower mothers and families to manage breastfeeding challenges if they arise
How can we help you
Call us for assistance with:
- sore/cracked nipples
- ”not enough milk”
- plugged ducts
- weight gain concerns
- position and latch difficulties
- increasing milk supply
- managing growth spurts
- expressing and storing breast milk
- flat or inverted nipples
- any other breastfeeding questions or concerns
Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursdays 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
2nd Floor McIntosh Mall
800 Central Avenue, Prince Albert
*Please refer to the calendars below to ensure clinic is open, or check on our Facebook page*
October 2016 Breastfeeding Clinic Calendar
November 2016 Breastfeeding Clinic Calendar
December 2016 Breastfeeding Clinic Calendar
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2nd floor LF McIntosh Mall
800 Central Avenue, Prince Albert
Other resources include:
The following catalogue has posters to promote breastfeeding. You can review the catalogue, and then place an order using the attached order form.
Poster Order Form.pdf
SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY
Skin-to-skin means your baby is placed belly down, directly on your chest, right after she is
born. Your care provider dries her off, puts on a hat and covers her with a warm blanket and
gets her settled on your chest. The first hours of snuggling skin-to-skin let you and your
baby get to know each other. They also have important health benefits. If she needs to
meet the pediatricians first or if you deliver by c-section, you can unwrap her and cuddle
shortly after birth. Newborns crave skin-to-skin contact, but it’s sometimes overwhelming for
new moms. It’s okay to start slowly as you get to know your baby.
A SMOOTH TRANSITION
Your chest is the best place for your baby to adjust to life in the outside world. Compared
with babies who are swaddled or kept in a crib, skin-to-skin babies stay warmer and calmer,
cry less and have better blood sugars.
Snuggling gives you and your baby a normal start for breastfeeding. Research studies have
shown that skin-to-skin babies breastfeed better. They also keep nursing an average of six
weeks longer. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all breastfeeding
babies spend time skin-to-skin right after birth. Keeping your baby skin-to-skin in his first
few weeks makes it easy to know when to feed him, especially if he is a little sleepy.
SKIN-TO-SKIN BEYOND THE DELIVERY ROOM
Keep cuddling skin-to-skin after you leave the hospital – your baby will stay warm and
comfortable on your chest and the benefits for bonding, soothing and breastfeeding will
continue well after birth. Skin-to-skin can help keep your baby interested in nursing if he’s
sleepy. Dads can snuggle, too. Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin-to-skin help keep
them calm and cozy.
Skin-to-skin cuddling may affect how you relate with your baby. Researchers have watched
mothers and infants in the first few days after birth and they noticed that skin-to-skin moms
touch and cuddle their babies more.
ABOUT THE RESEARCH
Multiple studies over the past 30 years have shown the benefits of skin-to-skin contact. In all
the studies described here, mothers were randomly assigned to hold their babies skin-to-skin
or see them from a distance. For more information, see Anderson GC, GC. Moore, E.
Hepworth, J. Bergman, N. Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn
infants. [Systematic Review] Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group Cochrane Database
of Systematic Reviews, 2, 2005.
- Adapted from: Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan